Sep 12, 2014

Classic Links


What a bummer to hear about Richard Kiel passing at 74. I was skimming through Twitter and saw some photos of him at a convention posted only a couple of weeks ago.

He was an interesting character. I always loved seeing him, but I have a special fondness for his first major role in Eegah! (1962). He's such a good sport in that movie, with his fur costume hanging off of him, a weird pasted-on matching beard and all that grunting and groaning. Despite it all, he's still so interesting to watch. Loveable even.

Will is also fond of Eegah! and writes about it at Cinematically Insane

This is a nice Kiel tribute from The Guardian.

I like this interview with Liv Ullman. She's got an interesting perspective on modern life. The photo with the article is intriguing too. She seems beautiful in a different way than when she was young, maybe less neurotic?--The Guardian

Even though Jean Renoir is one of my favorite directors, I've never heard of his early film, Night at the Crossroads (1932). I really want to see it after reading this post--Movie Morlocks/TCM

This is a great interview with Sheana Ochoa, author of one of my favorite biographies this year: Stella! Mother of Modern Acting. The story of writing a biography is often nearly as interesting as the book itself. I'm always impressed by anyone who can both undertake the difficult detective work to research a subject and then write the story in a compelling way--Out of the Past

Laura has been writing lots of interesting posts this week about her springtime visit to a couple of cemeteries that are the final resting place of many famous stars. I particularly love this one about Hollywood Forever. Great pics--Laura's Miscellaneous Movies

I’m glad The Other Love (1947) is now on Blu-ray. Its story of a concert pianist struggling to relax long enough to recover from tuberculosis is slight, but Barbara Stanwyck elevates it to something special--Criterion Cast

I love this A-to-Z list of great pre-codes. It's the perfect guide for those new to this exciting era in film, but I also enjoyed being reminded of some of my favorite flicks--Nitrate Diva


  1. Many thanks for the link, so glad you enjoyed the posts! If you can get into town early enough before the next festival we are hoping to "see even more dead people," as my husband jokes, and we'd be delighted to have you join us!

    I'm off to check out Nora's pre-Code post now, thanks for calling it to my attention!

    Best wishes,

  2. Laura--it's very touching to see the final resting place of so many great stars. I liked having time to get settled before TCMFF '14, so I will likely be in town early again. I'd love to join you!

    I think you will enjoy Nora's post. Even if you already know all the films, she gets you thinking about the amazing variety that came from that short period.